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Choosing the Right Invisalign Provider

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So, you want Invisalign…now what? Who do you see? What office should you go to? With so many providers available, you want to make the best choice. After all, it’s your smile that we’re talking about.

Invisalign uses preferred providers that have been expertly trained in the unique application of the Invisalign orthodontic systems. Orthodontists and dentists can all be very qualified to provide comprehensive Invisalign treatment, even though their practices provide a wide variety of services. Check with Invisalign to find out what providers in your area have been trained and are certified through Invisalign for the clear braces.

It never hurts to get a second opinion when you’re investing in your smile. Comparing one provider to another can help you feel more confident in your choice as well as ensure that you have the best provider. Is the office professional? How long does the provider say your treatment is going to last? Is the treatment plan electronic, allowing you to see the virtual effects of treatment before it even begins? Some providers offer other methods of clear braces that are similar to Invisalign, but actually are not. In some places, they even call it Invisalign, except it’s not. Always do your homework to find out if the dentist or orthodontist is an actual certified Invisalign provider.

Making the choice to have Invisalign is a rewarding experience that will help you get the smile that you’ve been dreaming of. The comfort, convenience, and appearance of Invisalign can give you an orthodontic experience unlike any other. Everything is easier with Invisalign: eating, oral hygiene, and talking. Make the right choice for a straighter smile!

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS



What are Invisible Braces?

Posted in Braces

Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look? Do you have an over or under bite? If it’s time for you to get braces but you don’t want braces then Invisalign might be the perfect option for you!

Invisible braces such as Invisalign or Clear Correct are a new way of straightening your teeth. They way invisbile braces work is by using a custom built series of aligner trays. You wear one then move to the next and next and the next until your teeth have moved just how they were supposed to. The custom aligner trays just have to be changed every two weeks and apply gentle pressure to move the teeth into alignment.

The best part about invisible braces is that they are not noticeable. The clear aligner trays have been built in such a way so that they are almost invisible. Basically this allows you to align your teeth without anyone else noticing you are. Invisalign and other types of clear aligners are best suited for treating the following cases:

  • Gapped teeth – Gaps can happen due to many circumstances, it’s best to get this resolved because having openings puts you at a higher risk for gum problems.
  • Overbite – Overbite or over jet can cause many types of jaw problems.
  • Under bite – This can cause teeth wearing and painful jaw issues.
  • Open Bite – Open Bite can lead to lots of problems such as thermo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Crowding – Crowding leads to many dental problems such as cavities and a higher chance of gum disease.
  • Cross bite – Cross bite can cause teeth wearing as well as bone loss.

Some severe bite issues are difficult to treat with clear dental aligners.  If you think that clear braces might be the solution to your specific problem, please contact your orthodontist’s office to schedule an appointment for examination.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS



Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?

Posted in Braces

If you would like straighter teeth and a better smile, then you are a candidate for Invisalign. It doesn’t matter if you are a teenager who needs a correction in your bite for medical reasons, or if you’re an adult who has always wanted braces but never had the time or money until now.

In a nutshell, Invisalign is the brand name for clear aligners that straighten the teeth. Unlike traditional braces made of metal that are bound to your teeth for at least a year, Invisalign patients receive a series of specially designed clear aligners that are worn for several weeks at a time.

There are many advantages to the Invisalign system. The obvious perk is that the aligners are clear, so they have less of an impact on your looks. Second, they are more comfortable and a lot less painful. And last, the aligners can be removed for brief periods – even, for example, a wedding or other occasion where you’ll be seen in public.

Dentists and orthodontists also recommend that you remove the aligners to eat or brush your teeth.

The Invisalign system does have a couple of disadvantages. First, it is not for everyone. If you are a teen who still has some baby teeth or adult teeth that are still developing, Invisalign is not for you. Also, Invisalign works best on those who have crowded front teeth, so other bite issues may not be corrected quite so well.

The second disadvantage to Invisalign is the cost, which isn’t as high as it used to be, but still outweighs the cost of traditional braces. Plus, while insurance companies do generally cover the cost of orthodontics, they may not cover as much of the Invisalign procedure as you’d think. When in doubt, always consult your insurance carrier and devise another system of payment if possible.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS


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